3 Most Likely Deshaun Watson Trade Destinations
By Larry Rupp
The NFL offseason is going to be dominated by headlines regarding a possible Deshaun Watson trade. It seems inevitable that the Houston Texans quarterback will be be suiting up in different colors soon enough, but there hasn't been a team separating itself from the pack in terms of negotiations.
The Texans are reportedly looking for a combination of draft picks that includes multiple first-round selections. While it may seem like a heavy price to pay, Watson has already made three Pro Bowls. With that being said, let's take a look at three of the most likely trade destinations for Watson.
Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers were not on anyone's radar as a potential landing spot a few weeks ago. However, the retirement of veteran quarterback Tom Brady changes everything. Watson has expressed a want to join a winning organization and Tampa Bay has won at least one playoff games in each of the last two years. Mike Evans is also a pretty enticing player to have as your No. 1 wide receiver given he has posted over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first eight NFL seasons. The Buccaneers' front office has been adamant that there is no plan to go into a rebuild and that the championship window remains open. The pairing here simply makes too much sense.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have not been able to live up to expectations for a few years now. Minnesota has failed to finish with a winning record in each of the last two seasons despite rostering some of the best offensive playmakers in the NFL. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson was named to the All-Pro second team for the second consecutive season in 2021 and running back Dalvin Cook posted 1,000 rushing yards for the third straight year. If the team is able to find a trade partner for current starter Kirk Cousins, the Vikings should not be ruled out in the Watson sweepstakes. A talented young dual-threat QB could be just what this team needs to become a true contender.
3. Denver Broncos
Much like the Tampa Bay, Denver has a pressing need at the quarterback position. The Broncos gave up just 18.9 points per game this past season (No. 2 in NFL), yet missed the playoffs because they could only score 19.7 points per game themselves (T-No. 23 in NFL). Drew Lock has shown little improvement over his first three NFL seasons and owns a career record of 8-13. Meanwhile, Watson is 28-25 in his career and passed for a league-leading 4,823 yards during his last full season (2020). The Broncos have the assets to get a deal done here. It may just come down to a decision of whether or not to go all in.
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